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We are Spark – Where Sunderland Lives

Spark is one of the UK’s most successful community media projects. We operate a full time FM community radio station, we run our own website SparkSunderland.com, we do TV and video content on our YouTube channel and we also run our own Spark Magazine.

Where are we based?

We’re based at the University of Sunderland, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St.Peters. Our studios are inside the David Putnam Media Centre with our main broadcast studio (studio 5) located at the enterance to the building.  Our offices are within the MediaHUB on the fourth floor.

Who runs Spark? 

Spark is run by volunteers from both the student and local communities. No one you hear on air is paid to present a show. We have Station manager and a compliance manager who manage everything. We also have a management team – who look after the day to day running of Spark – who are also volunteers.

What do we do?

Spark is Sunderland’s local radio station. We provide a platform for local people to inform the community of news and events which are of interest to our listeners. We pride ourselves on being in a position to offer an accessible medium where people can talk to others; from their neighbourhood, about issues which concern them.

So if you’ve got something we should be covering email us community@SparkSunderland.com

Where do you cover?

Our licence covers Sunderland, so on air Spark is all about Sunderland, hence our “Where Sunderland Lives” tag line. We may talk about things outside of Sunderland in other areas of the region but we broadcast on FM to everywhere from Ryhope to Whitburn and across West to the A19.

Are all your shows local?

Spark’s only studios are based in Sunderland which means almost every show we broadcast is made in Sunderland, for the community of Sunderland. Having the ability to focus on Sunderland allows us to provide localised programming with focuses on; local music, events and developing issues. We therefore have the capacity to provide content and entertainment relevant to those in the surrounding area.

To view our key Ofcom commitments click here.